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Gold has drawn glowing praise in the last six years or so, since the onset of the recent recession -- and now, according to a duo of researchers, it ought to be the subject of a different kind of attention that calls into question the way its price is set.

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Police shoot down an activist's tiny flying video camera capturing footage of the uprising in Turkey; new documents reveal the role of rating agencies such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's in the 2008 meltdown; and you know things are bad in the U.S. when rather than pay for new car tires, people are renting them instead. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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At long last, President Obama seems to have run out of patience with the truculent Republicans who have rejected all of his overtures for a budget deal -- just as Moody's and other economic authorities again warned of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a debt default.

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